July 18, 2016
Anti-dogfighting campaign launched in Mexico
No More Dogfighting campaign by Humane Society International seeks to confront this cruel spectacle
Humane Society International, a leading international animal welfare organization, officially launched “No More Dogfighting” (No + Peleas de Perros), a campaign to combat dogfighting. The campaign aims at passing legislation to criminalize dogfighting at the federal level, encouraging people to place tips against dogfighters, and training law-enforcement authorities to effectively respond to reports of dogfighting.
The campaign is supported by actors from the cast of the first Netflix original series in Spanish “Club de Cuervos”, Joaquin Ferreira, Gutemberg Brito, Said Sandoval, Alosian Vivancos, and Antonio de la Vega, as well as actor and singer Mane de la Parra, who star in an HSI video released today urging lawmakers to make dogfighting a federal crime in Mexico.
Anton Aguilar, HSI/Mexico director said: “Dogfights are cruel, violent and highly unpopular. Dogfighters sometimes kill the losing dogs, and even winners may die from their wounds. Police often discover drugs, guns, and even murder in connection with dogfights. Mexico does not need more violence and organized crime.”
According to Parametría, a leading polling agency, 99 percent of Mexicans condemn dogfights and 85 percent believe dogfighters should be penalized. Although dogfighting is banned in several Mexican states, it is not a federal felony.
The campaign is supported by Federal Congresswoman Veronica Delgadillo. Last month she introduced legislation to reform the federal criminal code to penalize dogfighters. The reform would make it illegal to organize or attend a dogfight as a spectator, to supply training equipment and criminalizes any other action in the dogfighting business chain.
As part of the campaign, HSI teamed up with Consejo Ciudadano, an NGO that runs a hotline that receives animal cruelty tips and channels them to security agencies in Mexico City. HSI is helping spread Consejo Ciudadano’s animal abuse tipline number (5533 5533) and training phone operators on how to best handle dogfighting tips.
In March this year, HSI/Mexico signed memorandums of understanding with government agencies in Mexico City, San Miguel Allende and Aguascalientes to provide training and technical assistance as part of an anti-animal abuse program, with an emphasis on combating dogfighters.
The “Club de Cuervos” cast members joined legislators, local organizations and government officials, including Mexico City’s Minister of Public Security, Mr. Hiram Almeida; the Environment General Attorney, Mr. Miguel Angel Cancino, and Consejo Ciudadano’s president, Mr. Luis Wertman at the campaign launch event that took place today in Mexico City, in which HSI donated animal handling equipment for law enforcement agencies
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